Manchester nightclub Sankeys has a well-deserved air of the legendary about it. Making a name for itself as one of the UK's finest clubs for underground tunes, it played host to some amazing names – Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Laurent Garnier, even Björk – before it closed in 2013, but not before opening up branches in Ibiza and New York – and then reopening the Manchester branch as well for good measure.
And now London is being given its own taste of Manchester's clubbing heritage, with Sankeys landing in the city for a monthly residency - which Time Out exclusively revealed would be taking place at hot new ultra-club Studio 338 in Greenwich.
A host of world-class house and techno DJs will be soundtracking the Sankeys London adventure, including tech-house supremo Just Be (Matthew B of Layo & Bushwacka!), slick house duo Audiofly, Spanish techno talent Tania Vulcano and deep house heavyweight Darius Syrossian, who will be taking up resident duties.
The March launch date sold out in the blink of an eye, but Studio 338 will be hosting one night of Sankeys biz every month from now until December, so go forth and rave!
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Me and four of my friends, 2 x white females, 1 x mixed-race female and 2 x black male, all bought e tickets on one card. 1 x black mail arranged to join us later after he finished work. When we were in the queue security approached the other black male and said he can't take his man-bag in the club and had to put in the cloakroom. He accepted without question, but I felt this was direct discrimination (Gender) as women were allowed handbags. When we got inside the club we noticed the crowd was very young and predominantly white. Not that we found it a problem, but we did find it unusual. Clubbing is about a people sharing the same passion for the music and vibe, irrespective of colour or creed and we were used to seeing a diverse crowd at these type of events. The music was pumping and despite the age gap it was impossible not to get caught up with the buzzy atmosphere.
When our friend arrived, he explained that we were already in the club and the card had been checked against his name. The security guard escorted him to the front of the queue. Before security had a chance to relay the message, The head doorman took one look at my friend and said "sorry not tonight." When my friend explained the situation the doorman still refused to let him in and offered to refund his ticket. His girlfriend, white female who is also very pretty, had a word with the doorman and persuaded him to change his mind. When our friend joined us he was very upset and told us that on a previous occasion he was part of a group consisting of 3 x black males and two white females, and they were refused entry because there were too many men in the group and were told if they'd had one more female with them they would have been ok. Then 5 white males came up behind him and were shown straight in.
After hearing this it became obvious that the lack of diversity was deliberate. From then on my night was ruined. Not only am I deeply offended, I'm extremely angry, knowing that we were supporting a promotion and spending our money over the bar in a venue where black people are not welcome, apart from a disproportionate few